The New York State Senate is taking steps to ease COVID-19 restrictions as more New Yorkers get vaccinated and the state reopens. The repeal of these Executive Orders will enhance the quality of life for volunteers, patrons, and business owners. The repealed orders include a requirement that food accompany all alcohol purchases in bars and restaurants and penalties for those that violated early vaccination policies - including priority group regulations - that slowed the vaccination process. To restore transparency to the selection of volunteers assisting in COVID-19 operations, volunteers assisting in COVID-19 operations who receive nominal or no compensation must comply with provisions of Public Officers Law. The Senate will continue to review existing directives as part of the State's ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“New Yorkers have stepped up to take the appropriate safety precautions to curb the spread of COVID-19,” Senate Majority Leader and President Pro Tempore Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “As more New Yorkers continue to get vaccinated, and our infection rates continue to decline, it is time to begin removing certain restrictions and regulations that are no longer necessary, so we can safely reopen and rebuild our state's economy. We ask New Yorkers to continue to heed public health guidance as it relates to mask wearing, observe social distancing precautions and get vaccinated so that we don’t lose ground in our recovery.”